- - Monday, November 13, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Maybe the NFL ought to take a page out of the books of other professional sports, those that manage their pre-game national anthems with grace. The England and German national soccer teams not only sing their respective anthems but recently also wear arm bands with poppies on them. The English teams all wear poppies on their uniforms for the week prior to their national veterans/remembrance day. Hockey Night in Canada had a solemn tribute to all veterans prior to last Saturday’s game, and it included a pipe band and a vignette about soldiers from prior conflicts. Even the flamboyant Don Cherry wore a subdued blue blazer with a Royal Canadian Legion emblem, as well as a poppy — as all Canadian coaches wear for this hallowed period.

The point is, if you want to start an event with the National Anthem you should give it the respect it deserves at all times, and that includes, particularly, when we honor those who defend the country.

THOMAS WINTHROP

Fairfax


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